Join us March 24-26 at the first ever Tufting Convention!
Tuft the World is thrilled to be presenting three days of exciting programming in Philadelphia, PA. Join us for workshops*, lectures by Tuft the World Founders Tim Eads and Tiernan Alexander and artists and educator, Tonya D. Lee, an open repair booth, demonstrations with guest artists AJ Peterson and Trish Andersen and more!
Your 3-day pass gives you access to two full days of tufting fun, education and networking at the Asian Arts Initiative on March 24 and 25. Join us on the third day at Tuft the World's Headquarters in West Philadelphia on March 26 for tours and on-site shopping.
Stay tuned for more detailed information on the program! We can't wait to meet you!
*workshops are limited and not guaranteed, limit one workshop per ticket
Tonya D. Lee on Color Theory
Tim Eads and Tiernan Alexander on Tuft the World: Past, Present and Future
Tiernan Alexander on The History of Tufting and Rug Making Techniques
Panel Discussion on Starting and Running a Rug Business with Tim Eads, Trish Andersen (Trish Andersen Studio) and AJ Peterson (Magic Carpets)
AJ Peterson on Carving and Finishing Techniques
Trish Andersen on Display Options for your Tufted Work
Tim Eads on Mastering your AK-III
More to come!
Tuft the World staff will be teaching both beginner workshops as well as the long awaited advanced workshop. We'll be hosting three lectures: Tonya D. Lee on Color Theory, Tim Eads and Tiernan Alexander on the past present and future of Tuft the World, and Tiernan Alexander on the History of Rug Making. We'll have a panel discussion on starting a rug making business, and various demonstrations, including two presentations by guest artists Trish Anderson and AJ Petersen. TuftCon will also boast an open repair booth for all of your technical needs and questions! The weekend will provide a platform to network and connect with fellow creatives, be sure to join us the first night for welcome drinks and mingling.
TuftCon is a 3-day conference. Join us on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at the Asian Arts Initiative, and on Sunday at our Headquarters in West Philadelphia. More details about the full schedule to come, stay tuned!
Yes, enjoy a 20% discount on Black Friday. This will be the heaviest discount available so don’t delay in purchasing your ticket!
We hope TuftCon 2023 is the first of many more! This iteration will have everyone feeling like a VIP as tickets are limited. All tickets provide access to the same programming. Importantly, workshop attendance is limited, and are available at a first come, first serve basis (limit 1 workshop per person)
The closest hotels to Asian Arts Initiative (1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) are The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Aloft Philadelphia Downtown and Loews Philadelphia Hotel. AirBNB is also a great option!
Asian Arts Initiative is in a central location in Philadelphia, surrounded with many options. Conveniently located next door to the Chinatown neighborhood, you can find many fantastic restaurants, check out Visit Philly’s guide to some favorites, here. AAI is also a short distance from the popular Reading Terminal Market, an enclosed public market of over 70 diverse vendors, which will easily satiate all of your meal, snack and food shopping needs.
No, but there are nearby parking lots as well as easy access via public transit; AAI is a 10 minute walk from the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines of SEPTA at Jefferson Station (trolley, subway and Regional Rail) as well as SEPTA bus lines (22 and 45). View more helpful information on parking and directions here.
Tickets are only available for purchase online prior to the convention.
It is unlikely, but, if the convention is canceled, Tuft the World will organize a new date.